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#947147 - 03/29/04 03:32 PM New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
Stu Ward Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/18/04
Posts: 18
I pickup my very first piano on Saturday 3rd April. A shiny Roland HP3.

Question is, i have already made my mind up that i'm gonna take regular lessons, but should i buy a book first so at least when i go to my first lesson i will have the basic grasp of chords and such ?

Or would that lead me to picking up bad habits ?

Basically should i have lessons from Day 1 or have a go myself for a couple of weeks ?



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#947148 - 03/29/04 04:17 PM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
pianojuggler Offline
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Registered: 02/16/04
Posts: 1515
Have you already selected a teacher?

I had two lessons with one teacher before switching to the one I have now. Teacher 1 had my get the Bastien Adult Beginner book. Teacher 2 really didn't like Bastien and gave me Alfred instead, so I had wasted a few bucks on the Bastien book that I used very little.

I would recommend selecting a teacher as soon as you can. Of course, allow enough time to interview a few and choose one with whom you can work well.

If you want to drop a couple bucks, pick up a beginner book, and start with a C major scale or a couple chords. But be prepared for your teacher to want you to use a different book.

The longer you go it alone, the more likely you are to develop habits that will need correcting, but I can't imagine you will get in too much trouble in a week or two. I'm sure some of the teachers here will have a different opinion.

#947149 - 03/30/04 01:49 AM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
Sushi Offline
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Registered: 12/29/03
Posts: 52
Loc: East Bay, CA
When I was looking and interviwing for a piano teacher. I bought the Alfred Basic Adult Piano book, to familiarized myself with the notes and theory or say to get ahead. I also read and takes on-line piano lesson, just do the Google search. These really help me to accelerate in my piano lessons. Luckily, my teacher is very flexible, I don't have to get another book.

Also, if your future teacher want you to use a different book. I don't think its a waste, you can always keep it as a reference.

#947150 - 03/30/04 04:48 AM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
benedict Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/21/02
Posts: 2519
Loc: European Union
I would trust your teacher to guide you.

Let yourself discover everything with him as a child.

You shall inherit music.

#947151 - 03/30/04 12:44 PM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
jdsher Offline
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Registered: 02/20/04
Posts: 643
Loc: Plano, Texas
If you must do something to keep yourself occupied before you meet up with your new teacher, go here http://www.practicespot.com/scaleschef/ and make yourself a scale book for free and start practicing the scales. Let me assume for a moment that you don't know anything about music.Your fingerings are: thumbs are finger 1 and your pinky is number 5. The top stave (5 lines)is your right hand and the bottom stave is for your left hand. Do right hand first and then your left for now. In the mean time try to get some recommendations for a good teacher. You might consider calling the local university to see if someone in their music department can recommend someone for you. Good luck and enjoy yourself.
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Albert Einstein

#947152 - 03/30/04 12:52 PM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
Bob Muir Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
I thought it was helpful to know the basics before going to the teacher. I learned where middle C was, what the notes to the keys were, the relationship between the black and white keys, and what the pedals were used for. All these I learned from library books and futzing around on my keyboard before I started my first lesson.

#947153 - 03/31/04 12:55 PM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
Stu Ward Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 03/18/04
Posts: 18
thanks guys for all your help

think i'm gonna look at a few online lessons and pick up a good book before i take delivry

Can't wait !!!!!!!!


#947154 - 03/31/04 04:06 PM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
Sushi Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/29/03
Posts: 52
Loc: East Bay, CA
Here are some good on-line lesson.
web page
web page

Enjoy.... \:\) \:\)


#947155 - 03/31/04 04:48 PM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
GFImusicStudio Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/08/03
Posts: 12
Loc: USA
Hi, Ward,
Playing piano can make you more opportunity in addition to music enjoyment..

Find teacher in 2 weeks after you have tried on keyboard for whatever you did...
if you are adult, realy do not need too easy one
like pre-book 1 of bastin, or alike
If you are seriously decided to learn piano and willing to spend regular 1- 2 hours practice,
so pick book as: Beyer, Czerny 139 or 599,
those Alfred books do not intend to develop pianist, not even toward classic works..

good luck

#947156 - 03/31/04 04:58 PM Re: New Piano Owner - Help required on lessons
pianojuggler Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/16/04
Posts: 1515
I found my teacher on Music Staff dot com


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